Life itself is change and change is inevitable. However, as humans as we are, we are prone to resisting some changes though their end results would be more beneficial to our very existence.
The Ghana Card is here to stay. This innovation must not suffer any lapses in its adoption by the citizenry. The NIA and other state agencies must not relent in their efforts to see to its overwhelming acceptance by Ghanaians.
Though the various measures rolled out so far are laudable, the latest one with respect to workers and their salaries must be looked at again.
Some worker groups hold the view that their salaries are being used as the bargaining chips for their adoption of the new system. They feel they are being blackmailed by the Controller and Accountant General’s Department and the National Identification Authority with this announcement of not receiving their salaries in December if they fail to register for their Ghana Cards.
I would suggest that all those cards which are yet to be distributed to those who have registered must be given out to them.
More importantly, how available are these registration centres for these workers to go and register for the cards? Proximity of these centres to the workers is crucial as long distant centres may discourage them from registering for the card.
My thinking is that it would have helped if the leadership of these worker unions had been engaged by the relevant bodies for a holistic discussion of the issue before coming out with this announcement.
Extending the December deadline to say January would not be such a bad move. The re-registration of SIM cards with the Ghana Card would, in itself, will ensure that thousands if not millions, register for the Ghana Card. A second look at this move would help mellow hearts that have become livid.
P.K. Sarpong, Whispers from the Corridors of the Thinking Place.